Washington, D.C., May 23 – Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan took office in 2003, but he gained notoriety in 2016 when he challenged then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, saying that a new generation of leadership was needed in the Democratic Party. Now, Rep. Ryan is running for President. When examining his record on disability issues, it is clear that Rep. Ryan advocates for mental health awareness and has supported the disability community by cosponsoring several important bills.
In recent years, he has cosponsored two bills on mental health issues that have become law. The National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018 aims to shorten the suicide hotline phone number to three digits to make it easier to call. The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 makes grants available to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, helps develop resources for mental health providers on the specific challenges that law enforcement officers face, and will examine the effectiveness of crisis hotlines and annual mental health checks.